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Kings News

May 2011 Inside this issue:

Albert Road Flower Power

Albert Road Traders Association in conjunction 1. Daisy Chain Festival with the Kings Theatre and other local businesses are proud to bring you the Daisy Chain Flower Festival, taking 1. Staff Changes place on Sunday May 29th. The festival is a celebration of summer and will be taking place on Albert Road focusing 2. Kings Card not only around “flower power” but also recycling. The festival itself will revolve 2. Blood Brothers around workshops, such as using recycled cartons as flower pots, art exhibitions, photography, fashion shows, 3. Education tree dressing and performances from youth theatre groups involving musicians and dancers. There 3. Icarus Macbeth will also be film screenings of Walt Disney & Studio Ghibli’s masterpiece Ponyo (2008),

4. Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

and Sam Mendes’ critically acclaimed American Beauty (1999) starring Kevin Spacey, at the Kings, the film screenings will take place during the day and evening. So come on down and see what Albert Road has to offer!

Long Live The King...Off With His Head!

Here at the Kings the staff are like one big family, though ‘for better or worse’ (using this phrase humorously!) the Kings Theatre is currently undergoing some staff changes! Emelye Dwyer, our Marketing Officer has ‘reluctantly’ decided to move on to greener pastures as a professional dancer, and left us on the 15th April 2011 for the bright lights of stardom! We wish her all the luck in the world and hope it all works out for her. Though she will be greatly missed this does open up the opportunity for

Education and Youth Theatre Furze, who will start on 9th Assistant Zoe Bastyan to take May. her place, who started on May Last but no means least, as of 3rd. 1st April Maria Limm has joined the team as the new Sonia Vidal, Education Administration Assistant. Coordinator, will be going on maternity leave in June, The Kings also currently has therefore opening up another thirteen student placements great opportunity for somebody on board undertaking tasks to temporarily take her place. including general theatre experience, digital marketing, Also, thanks to the education education assistants, programme two new posts have marketing assistants and event been created, an IT apprentice, organisers. All of which are filled by Ed Butcher, and a brilliant opportunities for all Finance Apprentice, Antonia involved.

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A Royal Opportunity with the Kings Card

By owning a King’s card you could be looking at saving around £104 by taking full advantage of all of the offers. The example below illustrates the potential savings:

The Kings Card is a brilliant opportunity for any devoted patron here at the Kings to not only receive discounts here at the theatre but also with other local businesses such as the Historic Dockyard and Garbo’s Hairdressers. The theatre benefits include £2 off the ticket price for most shows, with OAP’s receiving a further £1 off, a free interval drink and a further 10% discount off all pre-ordered interval drinks, 20% off Kings Theatre merchandise, exclusive offers on selected shows, a special prize draw for 5 year membership holders, and the newsletter you are reading now!

Example Savings for a Couples Kings Card Tickets for 3 shows per year = £12 A Free Interval drink voucher + 10% off interval drinks x3 = £14.40 3 Meals at a participating restaurant at 10% off = £22 2 Haircuts each per year at 25% discount = £20.80 Car Repairs/Service at 10% discount = £20 1 Aromatherapy Massage at half price = £15 Total Savings for the year = £104.20

CURRENT PRICES Individual £25 Couple £40 Family £50 Student £12 OAP £17 OAP Couple £25

So what are you waiting for? Contact the King’s now to sign up for a royally good deal, and if you’re already a member, make sure you make the most of your Kings Card and support the local businesses on Albert Road and Beyond…

Proud to welcome back… Blood Brothers “The Musical For All Time” returns to the Kings In 1982 Willy Russell decided to turn his small, relatively unknown production Blood Brothers into a full scale musical, and we are all thankful that he did. Blood Brothers is one of the longest running musicals in the West End celebrating its 21st year, during which it has won numerous awards. The story revolves around twin brothers separated at birth, one brought up in a wealthy family, the other with his biological mother who is struggling to pay the bills. OAP £17 The brothers eventually meet again, due to falling in love with the same girl, eventually ending in heartbreak. To celebrate the themes within the show, the Kings is proud to support fostering in the city, and has offered exclusive

Blood Brothers discounts to both foster carers and those working with them. These consisted of 2 for 1 tickets on opening night. CURRENT PRICES Individual £25 Couple £40 Family £50 Student £12

OAP Couple £25

The Kings has also partnered Hover Travel to offer an exclusive Hover Travel package available on Wednesday 4th May, for the 2pm Matinee. This allows patrons to receive inclusive Hover travel and Blood Brothers tickets for £21 per person, a huge saving!


Blood Brothers is running now until Saturday 7th May, for ticket info and times go to or call 023 9282 8282

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A Well Rounded Education Here at the Kings we take education seriously, organising numerous events and plays aimed at younger theatre fanatics. This summer we are giving young thespians between the ages of 7 and 17 the chance to attend a Dance, Musical or Technical summer school from 9am to 5pm each day for a week. By the end of the week the musical group will have auditioned, rehearsed and performed their own production of Annie Junior, and the dance group will have auditioned, rehearsed and performed their own showcase of a variety of dances. The technical group will be working alongside the production of Annie Junior. The technical group will be working alongside the production of Annie

Junior. Each summer school allows the children to perform a full production to friends and family by the end of the week.

midsummer night where there will be a performance held for friends and family. The Cultural Takeover is a regional project linking a series of events The education department are also across the region and a national currently involved in a Creative government project, Find Your Talent Partnerships project with St John’s contributes to the development of Primary School in Gosport, helping regional and local practice. them to build an outdoor theatre. The Kings currently has two students The theatre will be finished by involved— Steven Woods and Jordan Hill, both with different backgrounds and experience. Steve is currently directing the upcoming performances of Missing Dan Nolan & Graham –The Worlds Fastest Blind Runner! For more information consult the Kings website or contact the Education Department on

Icarus Bring Macbeth to the Kings The Icarus Theatre Company was founded in the winter of 2003/2004 by Max Lewendel, and is made up by a team of artists. “Each artist acts part-time on each project and has set tasks and responsibilities. In this way the projects can happen simultaneously and the company maintains a clear, strong artistic vision.” The Kings are happy to announce that the theatre will be the production venue and coproducer for Icarus Theatre company’s national touring production of Macbeth, opening in September. Their previous productions include; Coyote Ugly, Albert’s Boy, Othello & Hamlet to name a few,

showing off their vast variety. Icarus was also voted Best Production Runner Up at The Guide Awards 2010 for their production of Journey’s End at the Kings. Icarus’ artistic policy states “The Icarus Theatre Collective explores the harsh, brutal side of modernCURRENT and classical PRICES drama, creating a contemporary Theatre of the Absurd while£25 maintaining a Individual cohesive, evocative story.” Couple £40 So come down to the Kings Family Theatre from 13th£50 -14th September to watch a spectacular reimaginingStudentof£12 William Shakespeare’s classic play OAP £17 Macbeth, but remember don’t say it out loud inside the theatre OAP Couple £25 walls, its bad luck!

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Upcoming Events Shaolin Warriors – Friday 13th May The internationally acclaimed production ‘The Shaolin Warriors’ is returning with a brand new show. This breathtaking theatrical Kung Fu Show vividly depicts the rarelyseen Kung Fu masters’ feats of agility strength and skill, using Buddhist Meditation and their rigorous martial arts training. Come along to the Kings to experience a show like no other

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen – Wednesday 22nd June The internationally UK premier of the award winning National Black Light Theatre of Praguewith brings acclaimed production ‘The Shaolin Warriors’ is returning a you Baron Munchausen a production focussing on bringing fantasy to reality through the use brand new show before embarking on a new European tour. of theatrical illusions and large screen projections. This laugh out loud comedy is suitable for all of the family

Peppa Pig’s Party – Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd July From the producers of LazyTown Live! and Roald Dahl’s The BFG, for the first time the BAFTA award-winning children's TV show is recreated live on stage featuring beautifully true-to-life puppets

House of Burlesque – Saturday 9th July The decadently delightful House of Burlesque is back, hosted by international cabaret sensation Joe Black! Come along and prepare to be dazzled by acts such as singing comedy duo and pop parody pioneers Frisky and Manish, Audacity Chutzpah, the queen of the burlesque clowns, Marisa Carnesky, bringing her Olivier award winning illusionists to the stage while Wil Hodgson is the finest in cabaret comedy. Completing the line up is Laurie Hagen, the ‘Hurly Burly girly’ and one of the most divine burlesque performers around!


Patrons attending shows will get to enjoy these exhibitions. Open viewings scheduled for Thursdays and Saturdays, 10:30am-2pm, programme permitting.

Blood Brothers 26th April – 8th May Members of Rowlands Castle Painting Society give their interpretation of the Musical ‘Blood Brothers’. Entry is free.

Fashion 9th – 22nd May To support the Little Black Dress event here on Sat 28th May local students will be displaying their work here at the Kings. Entry is free.

Flora -Flora 23rd - 30th May FLORA - FLORA is an exhibition of creative expression through the language of flowers, which informs, challenges and excites audiences and participants about the relationship between art and horticulture. Do you want to get your art work seen? We have the walls to hang it on! For further details contact Claire Druce on

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